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T-Mobile MDA Pro review

£400 inc VAT

Manufacturer: T-Mobile

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

The MDA Pro is the latest addition to T-Mobile's phone-cum-PDA-cum-kitchen-sink range, and it does everything bar make the tea. Running the latest version of Microsoft's mobile OS and sporting a 72x55mm colour display, it's a worthy replacement for PDA and mobile.

The MDA Pro is the latest addition to T-Mobile's phone-cum-PDA-cum-kitchen-sink range, and it does everything bar make the tea. Running the latest version of Microsoft's mobile OS and sporting a 72x55mm colour display, it's a worthy replacement for PDA and mobile.

The Pro's design is unusual but functional. Open it up and you've got a standard clamshell PDA with full qwerty keyboard. Spin the screen around and fold it flat and you've got yourself a Pocket PC. Fold the screen the other way and it's a phone. All very impressive.

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A 1.3Mp (megapixel) camera capable of producing passable pictures is built into the back, and there's another in the lid for video calls. It supports 3G in addition to GPRS, so you can grab fast data where available or drop back to more sedentary means when out of range.

T-Mobile is bundling the Pro with its new Web 'n' Walk price plan. Prices start at £30, which includes 100 minutes of talk time plus 40MB of data per month.

For a PDA it's not overly large, but fans of super-slinky mobiles may find it somewhat clunky for phone use.

It's tri-band, so you won't have a problem using it in the States, and it features built-in Bluetooth, so transferring data will be a cinch. There's a standard mini-USB connector on the back, so you don't need to worry about expensive proprietary cables, and the USB port doubles as a charging socket. It will also recharge itself when connected to a PC.

The Pro is reasonably priced, too. Sign up for a Web ‘n' Walk package and you could get it for £100.

T-Mobile MDA Pro Expert Verdict »

Tri-band (900/1,800/1,900MHz) GRPS/GSM phone
Windows Mobile 5.0
IrDA
Bluetooth
72x55mm colour display
SD card slot
1.3Mp digital camera
standby battery life (hours)=200
talk time=5
132x79x22mm
210g
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

Despite its quirky design, the MDA Pro really does have it all, whether you're after a clamshell, a Pocket PC-format PDA or just a mobile that offers a bit more. Sign up for the right plan, and it's an absolute steal.

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